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NFL protests named top sports story of 2017

President Donald Trump couldn’t stand NFL players kneeling in protest during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” His angry call to fire players who didn’t stand for the national anthem rekindled both the national debate over the issue and the movement itself.

Minnesota fires coach Tracy Claeys

Minnesota fired coach Tracy Claeys on Tuesday, just over two weeks after the football program became embroiled in a standoff with the administration over the suspension of 10 players in connection with allegations of sexual assault, the school announced.

Vandals unveil plan for $30 million basketball, multi-use facility

A new home for University of Idaho events was unveiled on Friday. The Idaho Arena will be 4,700-seat, 70,000-square-foot athletics facility that will be home for the Vandal men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams and a university community gathering place for academic events, concerts and meetings.

WSU may face another backup QB against ASU

PULLMAN – The topic of Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins’ health is the cause for speculation among Washington State fans, and debate in his own locker room. Wilkins insists he is in fine physical condition. Sun Devils coach Todd Graham disagrees. If Wilkins is unable to play next Saturday, it will mark the second consecutive game the Cougars have played against a backup quarterback.

John Blanchette: Upset Sherman reaches hurricane force

Richard Sherman wasn’t himself Sunday afternoon. The Seattle Seahawks’ singular cornerback was nature’s fury – the crackle of random lightning bolts, the centripetal madness of a tornado and all the gusty anger Seattle was supposed to endure over the weekend but didn’t.

Washington State takes messy win over UCLA, 27-21

In an unpleasant, grinder of a game, Washington State proved to be the team best equipped to execute its goals when things were not easy. On the heels of a similar toughness-measuring contest at Stanford, the Cougars beat up then outlasted UCLA, 27-21, on Saturday in Martin Stadium.

Vandals race, dance past New Mexico State, 55-23

Behind a 476-yard passing day from quarterback Matt Linehan, the Idaho Vandals clobbered New Mexico State 55-23 on Saturday to post their most convincing win over an FBS opponent – and their most points – since 2003.

Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins faces misdemeanor charge after Sunday arrest

Gonzaga starting point guard Josh Perkins was cited Sunday for physical control of a vehicle while under the influence. Perkins, 21, a redshirt sophomore, was cited at 4 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Ruby Street and Sharp Avenue. However, court records do not indicate whether he was parked in a car or driving when he was cited.

Why Washington State will beat UCLA on Saturday

For the third consecutive week, Washington State (3-2, 2-0 Pac-12) will take on a program with prestige, a recent history of success, many highly ranked recruits, and not much else going for it.